We specialise in criminal law cases and defence work which covers areas from traffic offences, drink driving, sexual offences, drugs law, assault and violence offences, and other criminal charges. Our criminal lawyers act for you whether you are pleading not guilty or pleading guilty.
Our experience in appearing at Royal Commissions, Inquests and many White Collar criminal cases will be used to your advantage. Our solicitors have appeared in many large cases involving insider trading, large fraud allegations, ASIC charges and are currently involved in cases alleging large money laundering and charges of Bribery of Foreign Officials.
As Melbourne Criminal Lawyers we have five offices each by a Court in Melbourne’s busiest Court precincts. Among the 16 criminal defence lawyers at our firm, eight are Law Institute Accredited Specialist Criminal Lawyers. These lawyers have at least 5 years experience in criminal law (some have decades) and have undergone specialist exams.
This means, if you choose, we can guarantee you an expert criminal lawyer to run your case. We will handle your case with determination and fight for your rights.
- Fast Response To Your Questions
- Stopping Charges From Being Filed
- Defence Investigation
- Close Contact with your Lawyer
- Strategy in a Criminal Case
- Bail Applications
- Drink Driving and Traffic Lawyers
- Sex Crimes
- Assault Charges
- Theft Offences
- Drug Law Solicitors
We will get you into our office straight away, take instructions and work out a strategy for you. This should be done as soon as possible regardless of whether you are pleading guilty or not guilty.
There is always a lot for you to learn about a Court case and how it occur. The more we know about you and your case the more we can assist you to get the best result.
It is also very important for you to be able to ask questions about the issues that are confronting you now. Often some of the stress and anxiety of a situation can be dealt with by answering questions or referring you on to services (such as psychologists) that might help deal with the stress that is being faced.
It is sometime possible to stop criminal charges from being filed and we have been involved in this process in a number of cases. Depending on the allegations and the circumstances we may approach the Police and present part, or all, of our client’s case.
We provide the Police with statements we have taken from witnesses and other evidence that we have gathered. We also tell them matters we believe should be investigated more (such as where there is an important witness they have missed or are choosing not to get a statement from). In some matters like sex charges there is often a complex process of authorisation of the charges and it is good to have input at that stage. We will contact the investigators and discuss the case with them and provide them the other narrative to the matter that they may be missing. Having the other side of a story explained to the Prosecutor or Police can make a difference in whether they proceed
The decision to provide material should not be taken lightly. Often because it is an adversarial system it is better not to tell the Police everything because they will then try to undermine the client’s case or the witnesses that they are relying on.
Doogue O’Brien George is Your Best Defence.
We do not just sit and wait for the paperwork to arrive from the Police once you have been interviewed. There is a lot that can, and should, be done.
The most important time in a case can be prior to being charged or around the time of the interview. We often get private investigators involved in cases and look for what has been missed which would help our client.
You win your cases through hard work and it is important that lawyers are accountable to clients. We will take your phone calls and if we are not in the office we will ring you back when we have the first opportunity to do so.
It is important to us that you feel comfortable to discuss all the issues in a case with your Melbourne criminal lawyer. Our conversations with our client’s about their instructions on a case are legally privileged which means we will not be discussing what you say with anyone else.
At the end of the day you must feel comfortable that we have done everything that needed to be done.
The most important issue in defending a case is the issue of what strategy is planned for the case. The essence of defence work is working out, at an early stage, what you are going to do and why you are planning to do it. Our lawyers once they are instructed will be able to tell you what their strategy for the Court case is and why that is the right way to handle their case. We have an enormous amount of experience in criminal cases spanning decades and many thousands of defended prosecutions. With experience comes knowledge about how to get the best result for you.
Doogue O’Brien George Can Handle Your Case.
If someone is in custody we can arrange for a criminal lawyer to do a “bail application” for them. This is generally in the Magistrates Court but bail applications can also be made in the Supreme Court depending on issues such as whether there has been a previous unsuccessful bail application. We have videolink facility to almost every major prison. This enables us to have discussions with clients in custody quickly and in an efficient manner. Also, we believe it is good for clients to be able to see their lawyer when they are discussing their case with them.
Our Drink driving lawyers have handled a large number of drink driving cases where clients are charged with exceeding the prescribed concentration of alcohol or driving under the influence.
We have appeared in many culpable driving cases including successfully defending Truck drivers in both the Kerang and Trawalla cases where trains have crashed into trucks at crossings. We use crash reconstruction experts and other experts to present your position better to the Court.
We handle all driving charges including:
• Culpable driving
• Drive While Impaired By Drugs (section 49 of the Road Safety Act)
• Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicating Liquor or of Any Drug (DUI) (section 49(1)(a) of the Road Safety Act)
• Driving While Exceeding the Prescribed Concentration of Alcohol (Section 49.1.b) (section 49(1)(b) of the Road Safety Act)
• Refuse Breath Test (section 49(1)(c) of the Road Safety Act)
• Refuse Drug Test (Drug Driving) (49(1)(ca) of the Road Safety Act)
Our solicitors have successfully defended many alleged sex offences. Obviously gaol is often the only option for the Court if a person is found guilty of a sex offence. We know there are many people who are wrongly charged with sex offences and need strong representation on their behalf.
Sex offences are incredibly confronting for clients. For the innocent person who has had a false allegation made against them they are facing many years in prison and lengthy periods of time (or life) on the Sex Offender Registry.
Our Solicitors have prepared a free booklet to download that explains the process for you if you have been charged with sexual offences. There are a number of very important issues such as the Sex Offender Registry and the different Court processes that it is necessary for people to understand to deal properly with their charges.
If you are pleading guilty to sex charges we will arrange for you to see specialist psychologists and psychiatrists so that the circumstances that have caused the offending to occur can be explained to the Judge.
Some of the main sex offences that we are involved in defending are:
• Assault with Intent to Rape (section 40 of the Crimes Act)
• Furnish False or misleading information (Sex Offender Registry) (s47 of the Sex Offenders Registration Act)
• Incest (section 44 of the Crimes Act)
• Indecent act with a child under the age of 16 (section 47 of the Crimes Act)
• Indecent assault (section 39 of the Crimes Act)
• Possession of child pornography (section 70 of the Crimes Act)
• Production of child pornography (section 68 of the Crimes Act)
• Rape Charge (section 38 of the Crimes Act)
• Sexual penetration of 16 or 17 year old child (section 48 of the Crimes Act)
• Sexual penetration of a child under the age of 16 (section 45 of the Crimes Act)
With new gross violence charges and legislation the Court and Judges are imposing much heavier sentences for crimes of violence. The Victorian gross violence legislation involves circumstances where there can be minimum mandatory sentencing of 4 years in prison regardless of whether you have ever been in trouble before.
Often people are innocent of assault charges but end up charged because they won the fight
and were simply defending themselves. There are also often issues surrounding the truth of what is alleged and where a person is mistakenly identified as being involved.
People often get in trouble because they are struggling to make ends meet. It is generally the case that if you are pleading guilty to theft type offences you have an explanation for the situation you found yourself in. It is our job to explain that properly to the Magistrate or Judge.
There are also often issues about whether you are guilty of an offence either because of a factual error or because, in fact, you are innocent of any offending.
Often your biggest concern might be to try to avoid a conviction which will affect your future employment. In these situations our solicitors would be trying to arrange a diversion or gather the material to support a submission that you should not get a conviction .
There is no expungement of criminal records in Victoria and so it is very important to deal with issues of conviction and non-conviction with a full understanding of the Court process.
Generally you are using drugs if you have been charged with drug offences. One of our main aims, if you are pleading guilty, is to try to find suitable rehabilitation or counselling for you prior to appearing at Court. It is important to show the Court that you are making an effort to get your life back on track.
It is also often a very important issue to try to avoid conviction for minor possession charges as it can effect your future employment and your overseas travel.
If you are pleading not guilty drug cases often rely on us analysing large quantities of telephone intercepts to show that the Police case is misunderstanding what that evidence shows.
What Do You Do Now?
Our aim is to help you and to provide you with the best representation that you can obtain. The first step is to talk to us and we can then assess how we can help you and what the process of your case will be.
Fill in the contact form at the top of this page or call us on (03) 9670 5111 for a free first consultation.
We look forward to working with you.